REPORT ON STATUS OF TIGER
Context: A Report on Status of Tiger Habitats in high altitude ecosystems has been released by Union Ministry of Environment.
Key Highlights of the Report
The study is led by the Global Tiger Forum(GTF) with the range country governments of Bhutan, India and Nepal, along with WWF and country specific collaborators. The study has also been supported by the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme(ITHPC) of the IUCN. The study revealed the compatibility of even higher altitude with the tiger growth and has called for a master plan for Tigers at High Altitude in order to help them grow and survive in these altitudes. The study also provides the rationale for promoting the high altitude conservation of tiger, along with recognizing the possible viable habitats, corridor linkages, induced landscape level changes and the anthropogenic pressures for evolving on in-situ conservation roadmaps.
About Global Tiger Forum (GTF)
It is the only inter-governmental international body which is established with members from willing countries to embark on a global campaign to protect the remaining five sub-species of Tigers distributed over the 13 Tiger Range countries from across the world. It was formed in 1993 and since 1997 has been working as an independent organization. It has a General Assembly meeting every 3 years and Standing Committee meetings at least once a year. The Chairperson, who is usually a minister from one of the Tiger Range countries, is in the leading role for a fixed tenure of 3 years. The GTF has its secretariat in New Delhi.
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